Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was convicted Sunday of improperly using state funds to illegally procure private catering services at the Prime Minister’s Residence.
Her conviction comes as part of a plea bargain accepted by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court that saw her escape a charges of aggravated fraud in exchange for her confessing to lesser criminal charges of receiving a gift by purposefully exploiting other people’s mistakes, but not by fraudulent means.
Netanyahu was ordered to pay a NIS 10,000 ($2,800) fine and reimburse the state a further NIS 45,000 ($12,500). Her lawyer requested that the sum be paid in 10 monthly installments.
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